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JBJ moves into starting OF spot in AL voting

Betts rises among the leaders, too, as Red Sox get strong All-Star support
June 7, 2016

Jackie Bradley Jr. has joined the American League outfield leaders in the ongoing 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot voting to put Boston on course to have three starters at next month's 87th All-Star Game presented by MasterCard. And keep a close eye on fellow Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts

Jackie Bradley Jr. has joined the American League outfield leaders in the ongoing 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot voting to put Boston on course to have three starters at next month's 87th All-Star Game presented by MasterCard. And keep a close eye on fellow Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts as a key gainer in the latest weekly update.
National League leaders will be announced on Wednesday.
Bradley is in position to start along with designated hitter David Ortiz (1,460,339 votes) and shortstop Xander Bogaerts (1,040,465). The rest of the AL leaders announced on Tuesday include catcher and overall AL vote leader Salvador Perez of the Royals (1,605,922), first baseman Eric Hosmer of the Royals (1,272,557), second baseman Jose Altuve of the Astros (893,332), third baseman Manny Machado of the Orioles (898,715) and outfielders Mike Trout of the Angels (1,344,578) and Lorenzo Cain of the Royals (944,362).
Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- on their computers, tablets and smartphones -- exclusively online using the 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot until Thursday, June 30, at 11:59 p.m. ET. Vote up to five times in any 24-hour period for a maximum of 35 times.
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Bradley, vying for his first career All-Star selection, has received 937,571 votes to bump ahead of Baltimore's Mark Trumbo (816,276) for the third spot among outfielders. Betts, meanwhile, leapfrogged Alex Gordon of the Royals for sixth place, and the 312,969 votes he added over the past week is about twice as much earned in that time by Trumbo (fourth) and Jose Bautista of Toronto (fifth).
Not only is Bradley in line to start, but he also is closing the gap fast on Cain for the No. 2 outfield spot. He trailed Cain by 92,452 votes in last week's update, and now that lead is only 6,791. Can the Royals center fielder hold off both Boston outfielders, especially with the defending champions scuffling and the red-hot Indians leading the AL Central? The last Red Sox fan-elected outfielder starter was Jason Bay in 2009, and the last time Boston had three fan-elected starters was 2008, when the game was played at old Yankee Stadium.
Although Perez is widening his overall lead behind the plate, Matt Wieters of the Orioles made a big jump to leapfrog the Yankees' Brian McCann for second place.
Seattle's Robinson Cano, a six-time All-Star, is still in third place at second base but has narrowed the margin between him and Kansas City's Omar Infante from 121,790 last week to 86,133 this week. Cano, left off the All-Star roster last year for the first time since '09, is projected to hit .286 with 30 homers and 106 RBIs at his current pace.
Machado nearly tripled his lead over Moustakas, who is out for the season with a knee injury, in the race at third base, and Bogaerts roughly quadrupled his lead over Kansas City's Alcides Escobar at short. Detroit's Ian Kinsler and Texas' Elvis Andrus broke into the top five at second and short, respectively.
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Following the announcement of the 2016 All-Stars, be sure to return to MLB.com and cast your 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote for the final player on each league's All-Star roster. On Tuesday, July 12, watch the 2016 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard live on FOX, and during the game visit MLB.com to submit your choice for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet via the 2016 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote.
The 87th All-Star Game, in San Diego, will be televised nationally by FOX, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 160 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB.com, MLB Network and SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.
AMERICAN LEAGUE ALL-STAR BALLOTING LEADERS
CATCHER

  1. Salvador Perez, Royals: 1,605,922
  2. Matt Wieters, Orioles: 453,237
  3. Brian McCann, Yankees: 376,605
  4. Russell Martin, Blue Jays: 308,146
  5. Blake Swihart, Red Sox: 217,030
    FIRST BASE
  6. Eric Hosmer, Royals: 1,272,557
  7. Miguel Cabrera, Tigers: 734,104
  8. Chris Davis, Orioles: 459,629
  9. Hanley Ramirez, Red Sox: 420,275
  10. Jose Abreu, White Sox: 248,041
    SECOND BASE
  11. Jose Altuve, Astros: 893,332
  12. Omar Infante, Royals: 622,683
  13. Robinson Cano, Mariners: 536,550
  14. Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox: 509,261
  15. Ian Kinsler, Tigers: 267,337
    THIRD BASE
  16. Manny Machado, Orioles: 898,715
  17. Mike Moustakas, Royals: 725,731
  18. Josh Donaldson, Blue Jays: 588,957
  19. Nick Castellanos, Tigers: 356,916
  20. Travis Shaw, Red Sox: 353,302
    SHORTSTOP
  21. Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox: 1,040,465
  22. Alcides Escobar, Royals: 814,001
  23. Troy Tulowitzki, Blue Jays: 433,958
  24. Carlos Correa, Astros: 385,218
  25. Elvis Andrus, Rangers: 295,820
    OUTFIELD
  26. Mike Trout, Angels: 1,344,578
  27. Lorenzo Cain, Royals: 944,362
  28. Jackie Bradley Jr., Red Sox: 937,571
  29. Mark Trumbo, Orioles: 816,276
  30. Jose Bautista, Blue Jays: 734,161
  31. Mookie Betts, Red Sox: 713,669
  32. Alex Gordon, Royals: 705,514
  33. Paulo Orlando, Royals: 560,542
  34. Adam Jones, Orioles: 324,863
  35. Melky Cabrera, White Sox: 304,449
  36. Carlos Beltran, Yankees: 298,041
  37. Kevin Pillar, Blue Jays: 296,776
  38. Michael Saunders, Blue Jays: 251,338
  39. Joey Rickard, Orioles: 241,079
  40. Colby Rasmus, Astros: 240,651
    DESIGNATED HITTER
  41. David Ortiz, Red Sox: 1,460,339
  42. Kendrys Morales, Royals: 650,077
  43. Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays: 344,828
  44. Victor Martinez, Tigers: 343,820
  45. Nelson Cruz, Mariners: 305,573

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